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Amazing acrobats from Kenya will perform at ArtsCenter

CorrespondentMarch 14, 2013 

The Jabali African Acrobats perform at The ArtsCenter on Saturday, March 16 at 11:00 a.m.

COURTESY OF JABALI AFRICAN ACROBATS

The Jabali African Acrobats have performed their contortions, human pyramids and flaming limbo bar dances at the White House and on “Late Night with David Letterman.” This weekend, you can see them in person in Carrboro.

The troupe of acrobats from Kenya will perform at 11 a.m. Saturday at the ArtsCenter in Carrboro. Tickets are $7 for children or $9 for adults. A family four-pack is $28.

The show sounds like a sure hour of entertainment for audience members of any age.

The acrobats from Mombasa, Kenya, are known for amazing contortions and tumbling, chair balancing, fancy jump roping and dances such as the Congo Snake Dance. It’s all performed to high-energy music, and the audience is often invited to participate.

The ArtsCenter describes the performance as a combination of athletics and the arts.

The Jabali African Acrobats are among several troupes of acrobats from Africa that have become popular performers in venues across the United States and the world. The members of the all-male group have been performing together since 1995.

They came to North Carolina this week to perform a series of shows for schoolchildren in Chapel Hill and Durham. Their visit concludes with this public performance.

For tickets, go to www.artscenterlive.org or call 919-929-2787.

• If you are looking to get your kids outdoors this weekend, Wilkerson Nature Preserve in North Raleigh is the place to go.

The 157-acre preserve, which opened in 2011, will host Nature Play Days on Friday, which is an early-release day for Wake schools, and Saturday. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days, kids of all ages are invited for imaginative play.

Park employees will work with children to make a fort out of natural materials, fly a kite, make mud pies and do other classic outdoor activities. Kids are encouraged to dress up as their favorite bug.

You can also explore the park’s nature center, trails and natural playground. The play days are free and open to all.

The preserve is at 11408 Raven Ridge Road. For more information, call (919) 996-6764.

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